Reopening Racing: Stage 1

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Stage 1 of Ontario’s Recovery Plan. yesterday, which indicated that on May 19th, motor-racing will return to Ontario. It’s unclear whether this year’s IndyCar race will go ahead as planned, but at least go-karts can start racing.

Here’s an excerpt from the Ontario’s “Framework for Reopening our Province”.

Professional and amateur sport activity for individual/single competitors, including training and competition conducted by a recognized Provincial Sport Organization, National Sport Organization, or recognized national Provincial training centres (e.g., Canadian Sport Institute Ontario) with return to play protocols in place and no spectators, except for an accompanying guardian for a person under the age of 18 years.

This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played under physical distancing measures. This includes:

  • Water sports on lakes and outdoor bodies of water
  • Racquet sports such as tennis, ping pong, badminton
  • Animal-related sports such as dog racing, agility, horse racing
  • Other sports such as: track and field, car and motorcycle racing, figure skating, fencing, rock climbing, gymnastics, etc.
  • Swimming pools will remain closed. As a result, water-based sports competitions are excluded if not conducted on lakes or outdoor bodies of water.
  • High-contact sports are not allowed even if they are non-team. These include sports where physical distancing cannot be practiced such as:
  • Racquetball, squash, boxing, wrestling sports, martial arts, etc.

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